by Ashley Collman
May 28, 2014
'Virgin killer' Elliot Rodger became addicted to a mood-altering drug and was the target of online bulling, a friend of the Isla Vista shooter has revealed.
Chris Akin met Rodger on a trip to Isla Vista a few years ago and they skyped weekly. But he noticed a drastic change in the 22-year-old UCSB student's temperament after he started taking the muscle-building supplement creatine.
Akin, of Chicago, told the Mirror that Rodger took the drug every day in an attempt to build muscle mass to attract girls and to drown his sorrows after losing a friend in a freak accident earlier this year.
While not illegal, some users of creatine have experienced side effects such as violent mood swings and depression.
Akin says Rodger started taking the drug after a mutual friend died in a body-building accident, trying to lift a 250kg weight.
Rodger drowned his sorrows in the drug, but also used it to build muscle mass which he thought would make him more attractive to women.